With the hot weather in Joburg over the weekend, and the ongoing water crisis in Cape Town, we thought it (water) wise to be reminded how precious water is, and to encourage us all to continue to save water, through the rains and the droughts!
Last year, we wrote a blog post about why water conservation is important. Basically, the total amount of water on earth doesn’t change, and is continuously reused or recycled, through Mother Nature’s own filtration system. However, water pollution has made her job rather difficult, affecting the amount of clean, fresh water we have access to. And when humans use more water than they need, or when populations grow too quickly, there is less water available at a given time, in a given place. So ‘water conservation’ and trying to save water in our homes is about using only what you need, and keeping it clean.
So it’s always important that we’re thinking about how we can save water. Here are some great water-wise ideas for your home:
Save water from running down the drain…
…and use it to water your garden and your pot plants or put it towards another use. There are a few ways to do this:
- Place a bucket in the shower to catch any excess water, especially while you wait for it to heat up, then take the bucket outside to water those veggies.
- Save water used to cook pasta or to boil/ steam veggies. Allow it to cool then pour on your plants.
- Pour water left in drinking glasses into your pot plants, instead of down the drain.
- When washing your dishes, fill a small bucket with water to use for rinsing, then use this to water the garden.
- Fill your kettle while you wait for the water from the kitchen sink to get hot, or fill a water bottle and pop that in the fridge to drink later.
Save water in the garden…
- In Summer, water your garden late afternoon/ evening to give the water enough time to soak in, rather than in the morning. Never water during the day when evaporation is at its highest.
- Mulching is a great way to reduce evaporation of water in your garden, as it helps the soil and plants to retain moisture for a longer period of time. Put down a layer of mulch (grass clippings, dry leaves, newspaper, etc.) and you’ll need to water less, and have happier plants because of it. Mulching also helps to control weeds, and adds nutrients to the soil – it’s a win-win.
- Start to collect rainwater, either in household buckets and watering cans, or in bigger containers. Use this water when watering the garden, rather than municipal drinking water.
For some more water-saving tips, check out this infographic.